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S. Korean envoy meets Senegal's president, discusses bilateral ties

Diplomacy 11:18 April 03, 2019

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean special delegation had a meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall earlier this week on strengthening cooperation between the two sides, travelling to the West African nation, Seoul's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

President Moon Jae-in sent Rep. Kim Jin-pyo of the ruling Democratic Party and his party colleague Rep. Jeon Hyun-heui to the inauguration ceremony for Sall for his second term in Diamniadio, a new city near the capital Daka, on Tuesday.

They became the first presidential envoys South Korea has dispatched to Africa under the current administration.

"It's meaningful in that (they) have created a chance for strengthening South Korea-Senegal friendly and cooperative relations and substantive cooperation," the ministry said.

Senegalese President Macky Sall (C) meets with South Korea's special envoys -- Rep. Kim Jin-pyo of the ruling Democratic Party (L) and his party colleague Rep. Jeon Hyun-heui -- in Diamniadio, a city near Daka, on April 2, 2019, in this photo provided by Seoul's foreign ministry. (Yonhap)

The delegation, led by the four-term lawmaker Kim, paid a courtesy call on the leader on Monday and delivered Moon's message expressing hope for continued development in bilateral partnerships.

In particular, the envoys proposed closer cooperation in education, hygiene, health care and transportation in line with the country's growth strategy, known as Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE).

They also requested the Senegalese government's support for South Korean firms seeking to do businesses in the country.

Sall said he expects South Korean companies to expand investment in Senegal, the ministry said.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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